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Title: The level of competence of graduating nursing students in 10 European countries: comparison between countries
Author: Kajander‐Unkuri, Satu
Koskinen, Sanna
Brugnolli, Anna
Cerezuela Torre, MªAngeles
Elonen, Imane
Kiele, Viktorija
Lehwaldt, Daniela
Löyttyniemi, Eliisa
Nemcová, Jana
Oliveira, Célia Simão
Palese, Alvisa
Rua, Marília
Salminen, Leena
Šateková, Lenka
Stubner, Juliane
Sveinsdóttir, Herdís
Visiers‐Jiménez, Laura
Leino‐Kilpi, Helena
Keywords: Competence
Graduating nursing student
Nurse competence scale
Nursing education
Issue Date: May-2020
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Abstract: Aim: To analyse graduating nursing students’ self-assessed competence level in Europe at graduation, at the beginning of nursing career. Design: An international cross-sectional evaluative design. Methods: Data were collected in February 2018–July 2019 from graduating nursing students in 10 European countries. Competence was assessed with a validated instrument, the Nurse Competence Scale (NCS). The sample comprised 3,490 students (response rate 45%), and data were analysed statistically. Results: In all countries, graduating nursing students assessed their competence as good (range 50.0–69.1; VAS 0–100), albeit with statistically significant differences between countries. The assessments were highest in Iceland and lowest in Lithuania. Older students, those with working experience in health care, satisfied with their current degree programme, with excellent or good study achievements, graduating to 1st study choice and having a nursing career plan for future assessed their competence higher.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1002/nop2.712
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